Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Android Security Bulletin for May Released

Android Security Bulletin for May Released

Google releases the Android Security Bulletin for the month of May. The update contains patches specially created for Pixel and Nexus devices. Verizon and Deutsche Telekom are now seedng the updates with build numbers N2G47T(Pixel XL) and NHG47L(Pixel), respectively.

As with previous updates, the May security update for Android is split into two patch levels.

The Android security bulletin is here.

Other critical vulnerabilities covered by this patch level are located in the MediaTek touchscreen driver, the Qualcomm and Motorola bootloaders, the NVIDIA video driver, the Qualcomm power driver, the kernel sound and trace subsystems and various other Qualcomm components. Quite surprising when we see the longevity durations of iOS devices through the patches brought by Apple.

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One of the things that people have been complaining about regarding Android devices is the fact that the company does not release official updates forever for them. The one called 2017-05-01 is the partial security patch level while 2017-05-05 is the complete security patch level. We have all of the latest information about the newest security update and what you can expect in this update.

The security bulletin also identifies a vulnerability in the Android file-based encryption (FBE) feature on Android 7.0 Nougat and later.

After that, without security updates, users are left extremely vulnerable to malware, hacking, viruses and other glitches. Some of these issues could lead to the complete take over and compromise of the Android device. So various manufacturers may send updates withing the next few weeks to the Android users with devices other than Nexus and Pixel. If you don't want to mess with these files, the OTA updates should start rolling out automatically in the next few days for those products.

As Google revealed last week, the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, which were released in November 2014, will no longer be "guaranteed" to receive security updates after October 2017. If you would rather wait for the over-the-air update to hit your device, you can do that as well.

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